Saturday, August 10, 2013

Herbert Huncke - American Hipster

American Hipster: A Life of Herbert Huncke, The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired the Beat Movement

American Hipster - Hilary Holladay's long-awaited biography of the legendary Herbert Huncke - is now out.
Holladay, former director of the Kerouac Center for American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (and, in that capacity, long-time co-ordinator of the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac celebrations) now teaches at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 
Here she is, discussing the book on WAMU (American University radio) with Allison Quantz, (recorded earlier in the year).

She recently (just last month, in fact) gave a presentation of the book in San Francisco, at The Beat Museum

Here's their pre-view/over-view.

"Hilary Holladay does a magnificent job of documenting Huncke's high-and-low cultural accomplishments..An essential book", writes historian Douglas Brinkley - "The most comprehensive and accessible tome of Herbert Huncke created to date", declares Stephen Bergman - and, Amos Lassen - "an intelligent look at the man and the research is amazing"

Simultaneous with American Hipster is the release (on Tate Swindell's Unrequited Records) of the CD - Guilty of Everything

For an immediate dip into his extraordinary narrative prose, see here

The recently-conceived Huncke Tea Company promises to be an important Huncke source (check out their blog)  

The Allen Ginsberg Project features Huncke (frankly, essential viewing) - here, here and here

[Hilary Holladay in San Francisco (Alley Cat Bookstore), signing copies of American Hipster, July 2013, via Huncke Tea Company]

More Huncke tomorrow (stay tuned!) - transcription of his 1982 workshop given at the Jack Kerouac Conference at Naropa

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